The Leicester Astronomical Society meets at 7.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of most months at the National Space Centre, Leicester. We are a friendly group whose members have a wide range of expertise. In addition to the Tuesday evening meetings, observing sessions are held on some Saturdays when conditions permit. Non-members are welcome at all our meetings (charge of £1).
The talks on Tuesday nights cover all aspects of astronomy and are given by professionals, well-known amateurs and our own members.
We get involved in a number of public outreach events with organisations such as the National Space Centre and Leicester City Council.
A Brief History
On 14 October 1952, a number of enthusiasts met at the Leicester Museum, New Walk, Leicester to discuss the formation of an astronomical society. Among those attending was Councillor Alan Cooper. He suggested that the aims of the Society should be to promote activities relating to study of astronomy and allied subjects and to arrange visits to observatories.
Mr T A Walden, Director of the Museum, was in attendance and he mentioned that some time ago the Leicester Literacy and Philosophical Society had had a section devoted to astronomy. He thought that times were changing and that in view of progress made in the past few years a separate astronomical society would have a wider appeal.
Over the past 50 years, the Society has met at a number of locations in the Leicester area including Gateway College, Judgemeadow Community College, Braunstone Civic Centre and now at the National Space Centre.